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Read the thoughts and impressions on a variety of topics written by Ann T. Lisi, President and CEO, and Chris O’Keefe, Vice President of Program, as well as occasional guest bloggers about what’s happening at Greater Worcester Community Foundation.


Building Healthy and Vibrant Communities for All

There’s a lot of work that goes into identifying the right interventions on a community level. Fortunately, Worcester County enjoys a strong network of thoughtful and strategic nonprofit organizations committed to doing what works -- mobilizing people, learning from practice, and working collaboratively with others. This makes our job of investing the funds entrusted to us ever more satisfying and productive each year.

After a year-long “learning tour” – exploring the issues and speaking with leaders as well as those who use the services – our Community Grants Committee had early this year announced a revised set of priorities for 2016 and a streamlined granting process. With a focus on five areas of interest – civic/cultural/natural environment, early childhood wellbeing, youth development, economic security, and healthy communities – we are pleased to announce the opening of our annual community grants cycle with a deadline of September 15. Community grants are available for first-time applicants as well as past grantees.

Several fundamental values inform us: access to opportunity, respect for diversity, and sustainable institutions. With these in mind, we are confident that a healthy and vibrant community can be realized.

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